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CLEVELAND — The official kick off to the holiday shopping season is almost here.

Several store chains will open their doors Thanksgiving night to give shoppers their first crack at getting great deals.

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Walmart will open at 8 p.m. and Target will open at 10 p.m.

Other major retailers like Kohl’s, Macy’s and Best Buy will open at midnight.

And the customers are ready for them.

At the Best Buy located at 7400 Brookpark Road in Parma people began camping out on the sidewalk Monday.

Sean Wood said he did it because he wanted to be number one and also to make sure he gets his item.

“I want to get a Galaxy Tablet, 10 inch…for $179 …usually $299,” said Wood.

Billy Harrison has also pitched a tent, “My mom and dad think I’m crazy but I’ll have cool stuff so it will be worth it in the end.”

Black Friday accounts for 40 percent of retailers’ annual sales figures so the stores are offering incredible deals and discounts.

But experts say you have to do your homework to get the most out of your shopping experience.

They suggest researching all of the circulars and advertisements, and take time to compare prices.

Be sure you know the difference between deals and door-busters because some are only available on Friday, at certain hours and in limited quantities. Make sure you know the store’s refund policies and bring those ads with you since some stores will match prices.

And remember that in many cases the same sale prices are offered on-line, but the only way to guarantee that you will get what you’re looking for is to get out there and wait in line.

“More power to ‘em but I’m not doing it,” laughed Jasmine Carter.